Hi, my name is Karen Samper and I would like to introduce myself as your AlphaNet Coordinator.
I lived in various parts of the world as a child, including two years in the Philippine Islands and one year on the island of Guam. My father was in Civil Service working for the Navy. As an adult I settled in beautiful northeast Nevada where I raised my two children. I have 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
I love to quilt, I never walk out of a fabric store without at least a small purchase, and I love to fly fish and go camping.
After losing my husband to kidney failure in 2013, I decided to winter in sunny Arizona. I became sick with a lung infection in January of 2014. My doctors said I had COPD and just learn to live, or die, with it. I found I could not breathe in my Nevada home at 6000 ft elevation so I relocated permanently to Arizona. In October of 2017, I finally went to a pulmonologist on my own and the first thing he wanted to do was test me for Alpha-1 and I was found to be a MZ. I started infusing in December 2017. I started feeling better after about 6 months of augmentation therapy.
I am very fortunate to be able to help Alphas understand Alpha-1 better and live a fulfilled life with Alpha-1. My coordinator was a blessing to me, and I hope that in my role as an AlphaNet Coordinator I can also be a helpful to other Alphas.